The First to Know
Dana Fields's father never knew his parents. When Dana secretly does a DNA test for her dad, hoping to find him some distant relatives for his birthday, her entire world implodes. Instead of a few third cousins, Dana discovers a half brother her age whose very existence means her parents' happy marriage is a lie. Dana's desire to know her half brother, Brandon, and the extent of her dad's deception, clashes with her wish not to destroy her family. When she sees the opportunity to get to know Brandon through his cousin, the intense yet kind Chase, she takes it. But the more she finds out about Brandon, her father's past and the irresistible guy who'll never forgive her if he discovers the truth, the more she sees the inevitable fallout from her own lies. With her family crumbling around her, Dana must own up to her actions and find a way to heal the breach—for everyone—before they're torn apart for good.

The First to Know Details

TitleThe First to Know
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 7th, 2017
PublisherHarlequin Teen
ISBN-139781335007940
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary

The First to Know Review

  • Madison
    January 1, 1970
    Once again I am left utterly speechless by an Abigail Johnson novel. How does she do it!?!! Because The First To Know is the most incredible, agonising, rip-your-heart-out-and-then-sew-it-back-together, amazing book. Asdffdhngikaldnvj....I hope the publisher wasn't expecting a put-together, coherent review, because all they are going to get is swooning, sighs, exclamation marks and fan-girling. Because it really is just. that. good.When Dana decides to surprise her father with a birthday present Once again I am left utterly speechless by an Abigail Johnson novel. How does she do it!?!! Because The First To Know is the most incredible, agonising, rip-your-heart-out-and-then-sew-it-back-together, amazing book. Asdffdhngikaldnvj....I hope the publisher wasn't expecting a put-together, coherent review, because all they are going to get is swooning, sighs, exclamation marks and fan-girling. Because it really is just. that. good.When Dana decides to surprise her father with a birthday present to beat all birthday presents, she could never have expected the bombshell she would unleash. The DNA testing kit was supposed to unveil some long-lost family members - parents or cousins perhaps - for her father who grew up in foster care never knowing anything about his heritage or family. Instead, Dana discovers that her father has a son. A son who is not that much older than she is...and not that much younger than her sister. Confused and devastated, Dana keeps her secret while desperately trying to learn more about her brother, even if it means getting close to Chase, her brother's cousin, a guy who is starting to mean so much to her, a guy she really shouldn't be lying to.This book put me through the emotional wringer. It tore my heart out. I was literally reading some of it peeking through my fingers. I knew that the big unveiling of the truth was going to come, you know from the summary that this secret is going to blow up, big time, but it was still agonising to watch. The part about the DNA testing tearing Dana's family apart didn't really hit me until I got a good look at her family. And while things aren't perfect, while Dana might have problems with her relationship with her Dad, there is no doubting the close bond between her parents, between their whole family. It's really sweet but also sad knowing where the book is going. And then there is the romance.... I don't know what to say, I really don't. Except maybe, amazing and incredible and breathtaking and....aghhh!There are so many layers to this book. While Dana is wrestling with her family secret she is also trying to lead her softball team to state championships, balance the love she has for her sister with the resentment she feels about their respective talents and choices in life, and also navigate the unrequited feelings of one of her best friends. So the themes of sport, family, friendship, and romance all give so much depth to this book.The time Dana spends with Chase is everything she needs and everything she knows she can't have while she is hiding the truth from him. He is so up-front, honest even when he is hurting, and sure about what he wants. Determined, hurting, kind, sweet (and did I mention incredibly attractive). I was a little unsure about the ending as I was nearing the final pages. Surely I wasn't going to be left with a broken (read: wrecked, totally devastated, I-need-ice-cream) heart? But Abigail Johnson not only delivers an emotionally overwhelming book, but one that is also hopeful, loving, forgiving and (sorry, if this is getting repetitive, but) totally AMAZING!!In case my review is not already clear, I absolutely loved this book. I can't wait to shove it into the hands of my readers, can't wait to share the reactions and love that this book will inspire. I highly, highly recommend this book for readers who enjoy realistic fiction, contemporary novels that seamlessly combine romance, friendship, relationship breakdown and the importance of family in one incredible book. The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library.
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  • Kayla (Kdrewkthebookworm)
    January 1, 1970
    I love romance stories that also have a focus on family ties, so I was exuberant to get into this one! It was awesome! The only fault about it was that the main character was not the most likeable as she complained a lot, but I can overlook that for all the other elements I enjoyed. The plot was very unique and captivating. Although it wasn't the most realistic storyline, it was realistic enough for people to relate to it and be riveted by it. I thought that the romance, though unlikely, was ado I love romance stories that also have a focus on family ties, so I was exuberant to get into this one! It was awesome! The only fault about it was that the main character was not the most likeable as she complained a lot, but I can overlook that for all the other elements I enjoyed. The plot was very unique and captivating. Although it wasn't the most realistic storyline, it was realistic enough for people to relate to it and be riveted by it. I thought that the romance, though unlikely, was adorable as well! It's going to be hard to review this book without getting a bit spoilery, but I will still try my best! FRTC :)
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  • Julia Ostash (fictionalovers)
    January 1, 1970
    I was blessed to receive an arc of this book from Abigail, and let's just say it was amazing. The story centers around a girl named Dana and how she wants to please her dad. She does a DNA test for him, so that he can find his family. When the results come back, Dana, finds out her dad might have a father or son. She immediately thinks it's her grandfather so she contacts him. Finding out the person is actually 18, Dana's life starts to crumble before her. Her dad had an affair. Dana meets a guy I was blessed to receive an arc of this book from Abigail, and let's just say it was amazing. The story centers around a girl named Dana and how she wants to please her dad. She does a DNA test for him, so that he can find his family. When the results come back, Dana, finds out her dad might have a father or son. She immediately thinks it's her grandfather so she contacts him. Finding out the person is actually 18, Dana's life starts to crumble before her. Her dad had an affair. Dana meets a guy named Chase, Brandon's cousin, and the two hit it off tremendously. But when Dana and her secrets crumble, so does their relationship. Most of Dana's relationships do.This book was a wonderful heartbreaking story about family and love. I loved it so much and I recommend all of Abigail's books.This isn't my full review, but you can find the full one on my blog.http://burgersandbooks.weebly.com/blog
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  • Librarians' Choice
    January 1, 1970
    Once again I am left utterly speechless by an Abigail Johnson novel. How does she do it!?!! Because The First To Know is the most incredible, agonising, rip-your-heart-out-and-then-sew-it-back-together, amazing book. ....I hope the publisher wasn't expecting a put-together, coherent review, because all they are going to get is swooning, sighs, exclamation marks and fan-girling. Because it really is just. that. good.When Dana decides to surprise her father with a birthday present to beat all birt Once again I am left utterly speechless by an Abigail Johnson novel. How does she do it!?!! Because The First To Know is the most incredible, agonising, rip-your-heart-out-and-then-sew-it-back-together, amazing book. ....I hope the publisher wasn't expecting a put-together, coherent review, because all they are going to get is swooning, sighs, exclamation marks and fan-girling. Because it really is just. that. good.When Dana decides to surprise her father with a birthday present to beat all birthday presents, she could never have expected the bombshell she would unleash. The DNA testing kit was supposed to unveil some long-lost family members - parents or cousins perhaps - for her father who grew up in foster care never knowing anything about his heritage or family. Instead, Dana discovers that her father has a son. A son who is not that much older than she is...and not that much younger than her sister. Confused and devastated, Dana keeps her secret while desperately trying to learn more about her brother, even if it means getting close to Chase, her brother's cousin, a guy who is starting to mean so much to her, a guy she really shouldn't be lying to.This book put me through the emotional wringer. It tore my heart out. I was literally reading some of it peeking through my fingers. I knew that the big unveiling of the truth was going to come, you know from the summary that this secret is going to blow up, big time, but it was still agonising to watch. The part about the DNA testing tearing Dana's family apart didn't really hit me until I got a good look at her family. And while things aren't perfect, while Dana might have problems with her relationship with her Dad, there is no doubting the close bond between her parents, between their whole family. It's really sweet but also sad knowing where the book is going.And then there is the romance.... I don't know what to say, I really don't. Except maybe, amazing and incredible and breathtaking and....aghhh!There are so many layers to this book. While Dana is wrestling with her family secret she is also trying to lead her softball team to state championships, balance the love she has for her sister with the resentment she feels about their respective talents and choices in life, and also navigate the unrequited feelings of one of her best friends. So the themes of sport, family, friendship, and romance all give so much depth to this book.The time Dana spends with Chase is everything she needs and everything she knows she can't have while she is hiding the truth from him. He is so up-front, honest even when he is hurting, and sure about what he wants. Determined, hurting, kind, sweet (and did I mention incredibly attractive). I was a little unsure about the ending as I was nearing the final pages. Surely I wasn't going to be left with a broken (read: wrecked, totally devastated, I-need-ice-cream) heart? But Abigail Johnson not only delivers an emotionally overwhelming book, but one that is also hopeful, loving, forgiving and (sorry, if this is getting repetitive, but) totally AMAZING!!In case my review is not already clear, I absolutely loved this book. I can't wait to shove it into the hands of my readers, can't wait to share the reactions and love that this book will inspire. I highly, highly recommend this book for readers who enjoy realistic fiction, contemporary novels that seamlessly combine romance, friendship, relationship breakdown and the importance of family in one incredible book. MD; Good Shepherd Lutheran College
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  • Chelsea Anne
    January 1, 1970
    (I was kindly given a copy from the publisher through NetGalley)4.5 STARS!This is the second book I've read of Abigail Johnson's, the way she wrote the story was amazing, I was hooked from the very first page!This is about a girl named Dana who has a DNA test done for her father hoping to find some long lost family of his, instead she finds something that hits much more closer to home, a half brother that's only a few months older than her.. and facing the fact her father had an affair.Dana has (I was kindly given a copy from the publisher through NetGalley)4.5 STARS!This is the second book I've read of Abigail Johnson's, the way she wrote the story was amazing, I was hooked from the very first page!This is about a girl named Dana who has a DNA test done for her father hoping to find some long lost family of his, instead she finds something that hits much more closer to home, a half brother that's only a few months older than her.. and facing the fact her father had an affair.Dana has a hard time dealing with this new information throughout the book and then meets Chase, her half brothers cousin, and they immediately hit it off & spend a lot of time together.This overall was an amazing read and sure was one emotional rollercoaster, I will admit, i cried at least once reading this, I felt connected to the story and to Dana & her situation. It was written amazingly and was an absolute page turner!At the beginning I felt a lot of hate towards her father for what he had done, but the ending was beautiful.I did like the romance, I did however feel it could have been a little better, I felt like it happened so quickly and then just halted a little. I loved the story it told of love and family, I'm glad I read this, would recommend it to others for sure!You can pick up your own copy on November 7th 2017 from your local bookstore.
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  • Makenna Fournier
    January 1, 1970
    4.75/5 I was ready to say that this book was just a mediocre book, because honestly the first half of the book was that for me, but then I read the second half of the book, and omg my heart. I cry when I read books a lot, I am a super emotional person, but I only cry when someone die or is about to die. There have probably been one or two times when I have teared up over other things in books, but I can't remember any of them so they obviously had not made THAT much of an impact, which is why t 4.75/5 I was ready to say that this book was just a mediocre book, because honestly the first half of the book was that for me, but then I read the second half of the book, and omg my heart. I cry when I read books a lot, I am a super emotional person, but I only cry when someone die or is about to die. There have probably been one or two times when I have teared up over other things in books, but I can't remember any of them so they obviously had not made THAT much of an impact, which is why the fact that this book made me cry over something other than a death (not just tear up, actually cry and have my heart hurting) says so much about it. Like I said, the beginning of the book was lacking for me, mainly because I wasn't a fan of the beginning of the romance, and none of the family stuff had really started. The second half of the book has a huge focus on family and the repercussions of choices, and I thought it was amazing and that was what stuck with me about this book. Also, even though I wasn't the hugest fan of the romance at the beginning, I was rooting for it to have a happy ending during the second half and to be resolved along with the family problems, so that was a small bonus.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    This was a great story on an interesting topic. When Dana tries to do something nice for her dad who was adopted, she does an online DNA search. The results lead her to who she thinks will be an older male relative but instead she finds that she has a brother. This revelation changes the way that she sees her father, family and self. Getting close to her brother is a problem because he wants nothing to do with her situation. She finds herself drawn to his cousin and forming a relationship with h This was a great story on an interesting topic. When Dana tries to do something nice for her dad who was adopted, she does an online DNA search. The results lead her to who she thinks will be an older male relative but instead she finds that she has a brother. This revelation changes the way that she sees her father, family and self. Getting close to her brother is a problem because he wants nothing to do with her situation. She finds herself drawn to his cousin and forming a relationship with him to get closer to Brandon. Between keeping the truth from her family and Chase, Dana starts to struggle within her daily life. When her sister drops another bombshell in her lap, things really get tough for her as she tries to balance her world and decide what to do with the news of her brother. I really enjoyed this book and it is the second book I have read by Abagail Johnson. She does a great job with the character development, as well as taking a topic like this writing about it in a different way. Looking forward to more from this author!
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  • Amanda-Has-A-Bookcase
    January 1, 1970
    This must be a great book if my eyes are still red from crying! The last few chapters had all the feels! While this is a contemporary ya book the romance was not the front and center part of the story, thank goodness. There was so much more to this story. This is my first Abigail Johnson book and won't be my last! Thank you Goodreads for the arc!
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  • G.F. Miller
    January 1, 1970
    Abigail writes family dynamics with incredible depth and heart. Her characters are strikingly human--flawed and beautiful.
  • Gabriella
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come.
  • TJ Burns
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book from Harlequin Teen via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
  • Harlequin Books
    January 1, 1970
    Received 4 stars @ RT Book Reviews
  • Abigail Johnson
    January 1, 1970
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